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        Populism seen as a potentially positive force

        Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

        A conservative pundit wonders if populist politics can go beyond mere demagogic ranting and design policies that help the masses grapple with economic and identity-related challenges. READ MORE

        Two faces of populism

        Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

        A left-leaning political scientist argues that liberals who like to lambast populist politicians also use the people as a legitimation tool – at least in terms of the markets. READ MORE

        PM Orbán’s success explained

        Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

        A left-wing sociologist believes that Mr Orbán’s success is due to the popularity of illiberal populist politics in the wider world READ MORE

        A defence of ‘populism’

        Friday, December 1st, 2017

        A conservative political analyst criticises the propensity of what he calls ‘technocratic political movements’ to label their opponents with popular ideas as populist. Such technocratic language, he suggests, is no less demagogic than the populist rhetoric against which they protest. READ MORE

        A left-wing defence of populism

        Friday, October 27th, 2017

        A left-wing economist debunks what he calls a self-complacent liberal theory whereby liberals fail in Hungary because the populace is backward, unlike the liberal élites themselves who match the high standards of western-type democracy. READ MORE

        An analysis on political polarization

        Friday, March 24th, 2017

        A left-wing sociologist thinks that emotional and radical political mobilization are the only games in town, and both Left and Right can only hope to make an impression on the public by sending simplified and populist messages. READ MORE

        Weeklies on Donald Trump, 45th president of the US

        Monday, January 23rd, 2017

        Commentators unanimously predict that Donald Trump will bring something entirely new into American and world politics, but disagree on whether to welcome or fear that novelty. READ MORE

        2016: A bitter year for the Left

        Monday, January 2nd, 2017

        In their end of the year opinion pieces, left-wing columnists paint a sad picture of the state of the world and Hungary within it. READ MORE

        Conservative pundits on the populist tide

        Monday, December 19th, 2016

        Conservative columnists discuss why Donald Trump is popular on the Hungarian Right. They agree that the Republican president-elect wants to reach out to voters abandoned by mainstream parties.They also think that Donald Trump will only reform democracy rather than bring it down. READ MORE

        Ruminations on the state of democracy

        Thursday, August 25th, 2016

        Two analysts ponder the dangers of elitism and anti-establishment populism. Despite their ideological differences, both agree that elitism threatens democracy. READ MORE